Culture

Five faith Facebook faux pas

Facebook banner: sad face and unlike button. Graphic by Ashleigh Pesu.

Just because you can say something, doesn’t mean you should. Heaven knows not all Christians use Facebook appropriately—a sad and missed opportunity considering the potential impact. Here are five tips to keep you on the straight and narrow. Inspiration overload I’m so glad you are inspired by five million quotes from “Anonymous” laid over city backdrops and Bible verses placed ...

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Royal sense and sensibility

Princesses Margaret (left) and Elizabeth (right). Photo by Ecosse Films.

Scornfully reviewed as royal watcher sugar akin to William and Kate: The Movie, the recently released Mother’s Day drawcard A Royal Night Out is fictitious fun with subtle observations on the social phenomenon of birth order, Ashley Thompson writes. “I’m P2, no one cares what I do!” exclaims the younger and only sibling of Queen Elizabeth II, Margaret Windsor. Elizabeth ...

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Five ways to pursue happiness

Smiley faces. Graphic by Holly Jewell.

It’s official, belonging to a faith community contributes to health and happiness. In fact, the keys to the good life identified by mental health experts pretty much echo the Biblical imperatives to act justly, love mercy and walk humbly with God. Here are five top tips for happiness: Give Generosity is beneficial to your physical and mental health. Making someone ...

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Faith in a Netflix economy

Netflix eating Blockbuster. Graphic by Ashleigh Pesu.

The way we are consuming products—including church—is rapidly changing. Ashley Thompson asks, what does this mean for our communities of faith? A mere decade ago, Blockbuster dominated Friday night entertainment. Now as on-demand internet streaming provider Netflix launches in the Australian market, the “Be Kind, Rewind” era is officially over. Kodak, Nokia, Borders: Blockbuster is in good company among a ...

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In search for a community of Christ

Searching for Sunday by Rachel Held Evans, Thomas Nelson Publishers (2015) $19.99.

Rachel Held Evans is a young, thoughtful, hyperconnected woman of faith—and she has a troubled relationship with church. Having grown up in, then left, an evangelical nondenominational church, she is broadly representative of a generation of millennials that have grown up in churches but now in adulthood struggle with the baggage heaped upon them by their received traditions. Research suggests ...

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Neglecting history, inspiring change

Catana Starks, played by Taraji P Henson. Photo was supplied.

Reminiscent of critically acclaimed classic Remember the Titans (2000), From the Rough joins a long list of self-acclaimed inspirational sports films which see underdog sports teams triumph against racial, economic and gender disadvantage to hope’s end. Based on a true story, Catana Starks (Taraji P Henson) is a former women’s swim coach and the first woman ever to coach an ...

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Losing relevance

Kristen Stewart and Juliette Binoche in Clouds of Sils Maria (2014). Photo was supplied.

Meta text Clouds of Sils Maria explores the theme of transformation through the layered looking glass of actresses whose reality is closely related to that of their characters’. For those who have never cared much for Kristen Stewart: watching her in the role of Valentine, a character deeply suited to her monotone decibels and low tolerance for nonsense; brings a ...

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Five weasel words to watch out for

A weasel. Photo by Cecil Sanders.

Like most organisations, churches love to use words which give the impression of being intelligent and inclusive whilst smoothing over potential discord. But these deliberately ambiguous words can be as evasive as weasels, containing no actual meaning. Keep a close eye on these lest they give you the wrong idea. Unchurched This word was coined as tactful way of describing ...

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Extra! Extra! Read all about it!

Simply Good News NT Wright Harper One, 2015

NT Wright has been affirmed as a prolific biblical scholar and “the most important apologist for the Christian faith since CS Lewis”. Since retiring as Anglican Bishop of Durham, Wright has become Research Professor of New Testament and Early Christianity at St Andrews University in Scotland. His credentials in New Testament scholarship and as an experienced church leader are apparent ...

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No cinders in this story

Cinderella 2015. Image by Walt Disney Pictures.

When Disney announced that there would be yet another remake of Cinderella, the odds seemed to be against the film establishing a reputation on its own merits. However, Kenneth Branagh’s Cinderella is a traditionally refreshing work of art amongst the harsh settings of teenage science fiction. The producers and crew were brave to be so kind to the Cinderella story ...

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